Ansible Playbook - Setup Kafka Cluster.

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This is a simple Kafka setup. In this setup we are running kafka over a dedicated zookeeper service. (NOT the standalone zookeeper which comes with kafka)

Before we start read more information about Zookeeper/Kafka in the below link.

  1. Setup Zookeeper.
  2. Setup Kafka. Server running on ports 9091/9092 ports on each server.

Before we start.

Download kafka_2.9.2- to file_archives directory.

Download zookeeper-3.4.5-cdh5.1.2.tar.gz to file_archives directory.

Download jdk-7u75-linux-x64.tar.gz to file_archives directory.

Get the script from Github.

Below is the command to clone.

ahmed@ahmed-server ~]$ git clone

Step 1: Update Hosts File.

Update the host file to reflect your server IPs. Currently hosts file looks as below.

[zookeepernodes] zookeeper_id=1 zookeeper_id=2 zookeeper_id=3

[kafkanodes] kafka_broker_id1=11 kafka_port1=9091 kafka_broker_id2=12 kafka_port2=9092 kafka_broker_id1=13 kafka_port1=9091 kafka_broker_id2=14 kafka_port2=9092

Step 2: Update group_vars information as required.

Update users/password and Directory information in group_vars/all file. Currently we have the below information.

#  --------------------------------------
#  USERs
#  --------------------------------------

#  password below for all the users is `hdadmin@123`

zookeeper_user: zkadmin
zookeeper_group: zkadmin
zookeeper_password: <encrypted_password_here>

kafka_user: kafkaadmin
kafka_group: kafkaadmin
kafka_password: <encrypted_password_here>

#  --------------------------------------
#  --------------------------------------

#  Common Location information.
  install_base_path: /usr/local
  soft_link_base_path: /opt

Password can be generated using the below python snippet.

#  Password Generated using python command below.
python -c "from passlib.hash import sha512_crypt; \
                        import getpass; print sha512_crypt.encrypt(getpass.getpass())"

Here is the execution. After entering the password you will get the encrypted password which can be used in the user creation.

ahmed@ahmed-server ~]$ python -c "from passlib.hash \
                        import sha512_crypt; import getpass; \
                        print sha512_crypt.encrypt(getpass.getpass())"
Enter Password: *******
ahmed@ahmed-server ~]$      

Step 3: Update default information in roles/<install_role>/default/main.yml.

Update the default values if required.

Step 4: Executing.

Below is the command.

ahmed@ahmed-server ansible_kafka_tarball]$ ansible-playbook ansible_kafka.yml -i hosts --ask-pass
Written on June 16, 2015